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Chris Armit

I am a Developmental Biologist with a strong interest in image informatics and 3D imaging. I studied Developmental Biology (BSc) and Pathology (PhD) at the University of Edinburgh, and continued my research in the ‘wet lab’ as a Postdoctoral Scientist at the Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam. On returning to Scotland, I switched over to the ‘dry lab’ and pursued a career in 3D Imaging and Transcriptomics, which included an intensive MPhil course in 3D Imaging and 3D Graphics at the prestigious Digital Design Studio of the Glasgow School of Art. Positions I have held include Senior Editor for the Edinburgh Mouse Atlas Project, and Deputy Senior Editor for the NIH/NIDDK-funded GUDMAP Project. I am based in Edinburgh where I work remotely as a Data Scientist for the Big Data journal GigaScience.

Seeing is Believing

- October 29, 2019

EMBL Seeing is Believing

EMBL Heidelberg was the venue for the EMBL Symposium: Seeing is Believing – Imaging the Molecular Processes of Life that took place on 9-12 October 2019. This was the second EMBL meeting on imaging data we attending this year after VIZBI (see the write-up here), GigaScience Data Scientist Chris Armit was there and was astonished […]

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GigaScience at Neuroinformatics 2019

- September 7, 2019

Neuroinformatics 2019

This year’s Neuroinformatics 2019 meeting took place in the beautiful and historic city of Warszawa (Warsaw). Warszawa remains a pilgrimage city for scientists, with arguably its most famous resident Marie Sklodowska Curie being the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, and the only person ever to win the Nobel Prize twice in two different […]

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PAG Asia 2019: Plant and Animal Genomes (with Chinese Characteristics)

- July 3, 2019

PAG Asia 2019

Regular readers will know GigaScience has published a lot of plant and animal genomes, and the biggest conference for this research community is the appropriately named Plant & Animal Genome Conference (PAG). We’ve attended a number of these giant meetings at their San Diego base, and in recent years they have been branching out to […]

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Genomics Standards on the Danube. GigaScience at GSC21 in Vienna

- June 3, 2019

GSC21

The 21st meeting of the Genomics Standards Consortium (GSC21) took place last week in Vienna at one of the oldest universities in the world – the University of Vienna – from May 20th-23rd.  We’ve been long time supporters and participants of the Genomics Standards Consortium meetings going back to 2012’s GSC13 in Shenzhen, and have […]

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Curators Capture Cambridge. Biocuration 2019

- May 6, 2019

Biocuration 2019

The 12th International Biocuration Conference was held in Cambridge, UK from April 7-10th 2019. As regular participants of the meeting you can read our write-ups of the meeting going back to 2012. This is a forum for biocurators and developers to discuss their work and to promote collaboration. GigaScience had a visible presence at Biocuration […]

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Lost worlds: via Sketchfab a 3D fossil offers a glimpse of prehistoric marine life

- April 1, 2019

3D fossil seabed

Just out in full text is a our first paper showcasing our latest complete integration with the Sketchfab 3D viewer. In this a 3D fossil seabed from the lower Devonian geologic period has been digitally reconstructed using micro X-ray computed tomography (microCT) imaging. A section of the fossil bed, measuring 2 x 1 metres wide […]

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Visualising Biological Data. GigaScience at VIZBI

- March 22, 2019

The 10th anniversary of the EMBO Workshop: Visualising Biological Data (VIZBI 2019) took place in EMBL in Heidelberg last week. GigaScience Data Scientist Chris Armit was there and was astonished at the cinematic quality of the visualisations that were showcased over this 3-day meeting. VIZBI aims to improve the global standard of data visualisation in […]

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GigaScience at ESRIC Super-Resolution Clinic

- March 4, 2019

Super-Resolution Clinic

The diffraction limit of a microscope hinders the ability to see single molecules as the optics do not allow the researcher to distinguish between two fluorescently labelled molecules that are less than 200nm apart. As a means of overcoming this barrier, super-resolution microscopy utilises various tricks to go beyond the diffraction limit and image sub-cellular […]

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